Public Toilets in the city - a scarcity or a necessity?
The city of Dhaka is a bustling metropolis with millions of people travelling its roads every day. However, the city used to have less than 50 public toilets, and most in an unhygienic and unusable state.
WaterAid, with the support of H&M Foundation, has been implementing project SUNRISE to transform Dhaka’s public sanitation system. Working with the Dhaka City Corporations and WASA, the project has built clean, safe, and modern facilities across the city that will benefit everyone, but especially women, children and the elderly.
Tajmar, an employee of a garments factory, is enthusiastic about these new toilets. She says, “Before, I could not go to the toilet when I was on the road because they were so dirty and mostly used by men. I was afraid to use them”.
Many working women like Tajmar, along with students, commuters, public transport workers and pavement dwellers now have the option of a decent and hygienic toilet, and do not have to sacrifice health and comfort for lack of an essential amenity any longer.